Michigan Senate: Is Stabenow Vulnerable?

September 9, 2011 · 2:57 PM EDT

Former Cong. Pete Hoekstra (R) reconsidered his earlier decision to stay on the sidelines and will now challenge Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D). He entered the race with the support of Gov. Rick Snyder (R), whom Hoekstra lost to in the 2010 gubernatorial primary, and former Gov. John Engler. The former…

Connecticut Senate: Crowded Ring

September 9, 2011 · 2:56 PM EDT

To no one’s surprise, former wrestling executive Linda McMahon (R) announced she is running again. She lost to Richard Blumenthal (D) in last year’s Senate election. But despite McMahon’s personal wealth, former Cong. Chris Shays announced he will run, as well. Democrats have a competitive…

Missouri Senate: McCaskill’s Plan to hold her job

September 9, 2011 · 2:55 PM EDT

Hours after President Obama’s September 8 speech to the joint session of Congress, incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill released a statement that included this: “Weeks on the road getting input from Missouri’s manufacturers has led me to believe we can keep creating more jobs with some…

Democrats Sound the Alarm in New York 9

by Nathan L. Gonzales September 8, 2011 · 12:51 PM EDT

With just days to go in the special election to replace Anthony Weiner (D), Democrats have sounded the alarm that they are on the verge of losing a seat in New York City.

The House Majority PAC, a Democratic outside group, is scheduled to air $100,000 worth of television ads (primarily on…

2012 House Ratings (September 8, 2011)

September 8, 2011 · 12:50 PM EDT

Two Former Democratic Aides Raise a Ruckus

by Nathan L. Gonzales September 8, 2011 · 10:08 AM EDT

Nathan Daschle and Ray Glendening are two of the last people you would expect to be politically homeless.

With prominent fathers, Democratic politics is literally in their blood and, more recently, the duo worked at the Democratic Governors Association. But Daschle and Glendening no longer feel…

Is Spending Creating a Consensus on Defense?

by Stuart Rothenberg September 7, 2011 · 11:02 AM EDT

It’s 11 weeks until the deadline for the supercommittee to reduce federal budget deficits by at least $1.5 trillion over 10 years or else trigger across-the-board spending cuts, including big cuts in defense.

As Americans shift their focus away from terrorism and toward the nation’s economic…

California Redistricting Shakes Landscape

by Nathan L. Gonzales August 26, 2011 · 3:30 PM EDT

Even though California is the largest state in country, political handicappers essentially ignored the Golden State in the fight for the House over the past decade. 

Ten years ago, the congressional map was drawn so effectively to protect incumbents that few seats were competitive and even…